January 2018 Baja Bulletin


ACE Mexican Auto Insurance Changing Name to CHUBB

As of January 2018, ACE Seguros is changing their name to CHUBB Seguros. If you currently have Mexican auto insurance coverage with ACE, you do not need to do anything. The coverage you have with ACE will remain the same and the phone numbers on your policy will still work. Insurance coverage and prices are all going to remain the same, just the name has changed.


FMM tourist permit visa baja mexicoFMM Tourist Permits Price Increase

Effective January 1 2018, the Mexican government raised the price for FMM tourist permits to $533 pesos. The price for prepaid FMMs through Discover Baja is now US$37. For more information about FMM tourist permits, or to get a prepaid FMM through Discover Baja, please see our FMM Page.



Accessing Your Mexican Auto Insurance Policies

If you need to access your Mexican auto insurance policies to review or print, you can always log into your DBTC member account to do so. Follow our step-by-step instructions to learn how.


tropico de cancer concert seriesTodos Santos Trópico de Cáncer Concert Series and New Art Walk

For the second year, the refreshing Trópico de Cancer Concert series will take place this January in Todos Santos. From January 11-21, artists from all over will gather in Todos Santos to play at local venues. Music groups include headliner La Santa Cecilia, and Cordovas, whose Joe Firstman organizes the event. For tickets and more information: www.tropicofcancerconcertseries.mx

Also in Todos Santos this month is the new Baja 100 Art Walk, which will be January 19th & 20th. Started in December as a recurring monthly event, the Baja 100 Art Walk gathers established and emerging local artists in a fun weekend event in downtown and features art for sale that costs $100 or less. For more information, visit the Baja 100 Art Walk Facebook Page.


Join Baja Custom Tours for a 2018 Gray Whale Trip

Come join famous Baja author Graham Mackintosh on this Baja Custom Tours special trip to see whales, the Sea of Cortez, and the mountains of the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. Share close encounters with the Gray Whales in Scammon’s Lagoon, stories and locations in Graham’s Baja books, and a great time with friends in this all-inclusive 8 day/7 night tour from March 22nd – March 29th, 2018. $1,695 per person, double occupancy. Call the Discover Baja office at 619-275-4225 to book or learn more.


Jon Rebman’s Flora of Baja California Website

Dr. Jon Rebman is co-author of “Baja California Plant Field Guide” and has been Curator of Botany for the San Diego Natural History Museum since 1996. Rebman also manages an ongoing project of SDNHM that uses citizen science to document all species of flora on the Baja peninsula. The interactive website features maps, photos, checklists and other tools that will appeal to both botanists and curious nature lovers – bajaflora.org



Rendering courtesy of Tijuana Economic Development Council

Plans for New Pedestrian Area in Tijuana

A $13 million dollar project called “Umbral de las Americas,” or “Threshhold of the Americas” is underway in Tijuana to revamp the area from the PedWest crossing to the arch on Avenida Revolución. The project will include a new entryway with plazas, lighting, wide ramps, and a broad new bridge over the Tijuana River to connect the border with Avenida Revolución. The goal is to make walking into Tijuana a safer and more pleasant experience and is part of a larger effort to revitalize Tijuana’s historic downtown area where there are new cultural venues, breweries, restaurants, and cafes. The first phase of the project is slated to be finished by September 2018.


Photo by Enrique Chiu

“Mural of Brotherhood”: Border Wall Art Mural

The next time you’re driving along the border in Tijuana, keep your eyes open for the “Mural of Brotherhood,” the world’s longest mural being painted on the Mexico side of the U.S./Mexico border fence. The mural begins in Tijuana and extends into Tecate, Mexicali, Ciudad Juarez, Naco and Reynosa. The project is being led by artist Enrique Chiu in effort to beautify the border and involves artists from both Mexico and the U.S.


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